Young Goldeyes Catcher Sold to Colorado Rockies
Winnipeg, Manitoba – In big league sports, age has a tremendous effect on opportunity. Even if the difference is all that much.
Last season Tanner Murphy played in 54 Goldeyes games, had only 164 plate appearances and hit .208. Meanwhile, Carlton Tanabe, played in 84 games, had 244 plate appearances and hit .250.
However, Murphy is just 24 and Tanabe, who had seven seasons in the Seattle Mariners organization, will soon turn 26. Murphy’s age obviously appealed to the Colorado Rockies who purchased Murphy’s contract from the Winnipeg Goldeyes.
Last season, during the Goldeyes championship run, Murphy had one home run and 18 runs batted in to go with 10 runs scored, eight doubles, and 13 walks.
Murphy’s home run – the only one he hit all season — was launched the during during the Goldeyes’ season opener on May 19th at Joplin’s Joe Becker Stadium. It was the first Goldeyes homer of the year and he never hit another.
On July 13 against Sioux City, Murphy had a single-game career-high with four runs batted in.
Murphy was originally selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 22nd round of the 2010 Major League Draft out of Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, Arizona. He spent six seasons in the Orioles farm system. Murphy’s contract is the 67th purchased by a Major League organization in Goldeyes’ history.
Goldeyes manager Rick Forney is always thrilled when his young players have their contracts purchased by big league organizations. “As far as the players are concerned, that’s the main reason league’s like the American Association exist,” Forney said. “We give players an opportunity to continue their careers and live their dreams and while we don’t like losing good players, helping them get back to Major League organizations is an important part of what we do.”
The Winnipeg Goldeyes open the 2017 season on May 18th on the road against the expansion Cleburne Railroaders. The Goldeyes’ 2017 home opener is Monday, May 29th versus the Sioux Falls Canaries at Shaw Park.
Season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group outings for the 2017 season are on sale now. For more information, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE, or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com
Scott Taylor, MyToba Sports
Photo By Paul McKeen